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Local green community April and May events

The purpose of An Taisce's Green Communities is to deliver monthly action based training events and field trips for community volunteer groups. Photo: Akil Mazumder.

An Taisce's Green Communities works towards empowering community groups to improve their local environment, enhance biodiversity, and reduce their resource usage.

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Landscape and Nature Photo Workshop

As part of Eco-Week, April 1-5, Green Flag Award Winning Corkagh Park are hosting a Landscape and Nature Photo Workshop with well-known local photographer, Tommy Keogh. The workshop is aimed at people of all ages and abilities. Bring along your camera or camera-phone and join the fun. Meet: 11am at the Corkagh Park Pet Farm, on Tuesday, April 2. Booking: Please email Tommykeogh@gmail.com to book your place, or phone 087 281 2626.

Master Composter Course

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), invite interested parties to Sandyford Community Centre for an action packed programme to teach people how to reduce food waste and compost at home, or within their community.

Training consists of five evening classroom sessions and three weekend afternoon hands-on workshops to gain the knowledge required to stop food waste and save money, as well as to learn how to compost both garden materials and wasted food using a variety of different composting systems.

The training is offered free of charge, but volunteers are expected to contribute outreach time afterwards to spread the word and motivate others. Plus, funding and technical support are being offered for developing Tidy Town, Social Credit Scheme, school and community-based projects once the training has been completed. This is a unique opportunity for any community group.

Irish Environmental Network Training Day

The Irish Environmental Network are delighted to invite all to their first training session for the year for all those involved in Local Environmental Networks. It will take place in Dublin on Saturday, March 30, 11am-4pm. Doors will open at 10am, and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

It will take place in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel on Golden Lane, Dublin City Centre. The hotel is a 15-minute walk from Jervis Street Luas stop. For those planning on attending, please click here to RSVP. On the Eventbrite page you will see an outline of the workshops for the day. A more detailed agenda is to follow shortly.

The event will provide those attending with the skills and tools to further climate dialogue and action. There will be three workshops throughout the day: Climate for Wellbeing; Climate and Local Elections; and Hosting Climate Conversations in your Community. All workshops are designed to give attendees practical steps to take action in each topic.

Lecture: Terns of Rockabill

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland will host a Terns of Rockabill lecture on Wednesday, April 24, from 7-9pm. For more, visit here.

Mulranny Stone Wall Festival

Bookings are now open for the 5th Mulranny Stone Wall Festival which takes place over the weekend of May 10-12. Bookings and full details at www.mulrannystonewallfestival.ie.

Come along and learn the ancient craft of dry stone wall building from master craftsmen. The festival is an official Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland event. Book your place for a wonderful weekend of learning, camaraderie, craic agus ceol, in beautiful Co Mayo on the west coast of Ireland.

Biodiversity Ireland Spring Flowering Plants Project

Our Spring Flowering Plants Project has well and truly kicked off with the recent increases in temperature and explosion of life telling us that spring has arrived. This is a joint project with the BSBI Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland – Irish section, aimed at improving our knowledge of 14 of our most common and easily recognisable spring flowers.

Here is a list of the 14 species we are looking for: http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/projects/vascular-plants/. Last year we received a total of 2,380 records of these species. All records have been added to Biodiversity Maps and also made available to the BSBI for their next Atlas.

If you see any of the listed 14 species:

  1. Bluebell.
  2. Common Dog-violet.
  3. Cowslip.
  4. Early Dog-violet.
  5. Early-purple Orchid.
  6. Lady’s smock (Cuckooflower).
  7. Lesser Celandine.
  8. Lords-and Ladies.
  9. Primrose.
  10. Toothwort.
  11. Wild Garlic.
  12. Winter Heliotrope.
  13. Wood Anemone.
  14. Wood Sorrel.

please submit the record here.

Spring Seed Share and Networking Event

Donegal Community Garden Network have announced their first calendar date of the year – Spring Seed Share & Networking Event on Saturday March 30, 1-3pm. Delighted with the success of last-year’s event, they have returned to the fabulous Twin Towns Community Garden to hold their annual Seed Swap. For more email: donegalcgn@gmail.com.

Life Information Day

The LIFE National Contact Point in DCCAE invites you to Ireland’s LIFE Information Day, to find out about EU funding opportunities for environment, nature, and climate action projects. To register, please reply to LIFE@dccae.gov.ie by March 29 with ‘Register LIFE Info Day’ in the subject line.

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